# Does a quilt have to be square?

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## How many squares should a quilt have?

Packs of 5″ squares are very popular and many quilts have been designed around them. A charm pack includes one or more 5″ squares from an entire fabric line (usually 40 – 44 squares), making it easy to coordinate fabrics for a quilt.

## Should I square up my quilt before adding borders?

Once your piece is quilted, you need to make the edges even and square before adding your binding. It is easier and more accurate to trim the quilt sandwich if the three layers are sewn together at the edge. Otherwise, the bottom layer can shift and you end up with edges that are not the same.

## How do you know if a quilt is square?

Another way to see if your quilt is square is to fold the side edges into the center and compare. If the edges are within a 1/4″ of each other and the center, you’re pretty much good to go. Repeat with the top and bottom edges folded into the center.

## How wide should a quilt border be?

Borders should be in proportion to the size of the finished quilt. As a general rule of thumb, a small wall hanging should have a border of less than 6″ while a king-size quilt can handle a 12″ to 14″ border. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design.

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## How many 5×5 squares does it take to make a queen quilt?

For a queen-size bed, the minimum number of 5-inch squares will be 336.

## How many 10 inch squares does it take to make a quilt?

First, divide the width and the length by 10 since you are using a 10-inch quilt block. Here is how you do it. Multiply 8 by 9 and you get 72. This means that your 80 X 90 queen size quilt needs 72 pieces of 10-inch blocks.

## Why are my quilt borders wavy?

You may be stretching the quilt itself or your binding fabric. Pulling on either of these can result in one being slightly longer than the other and causing the quilt edges to wave.